By Marc Lawrence — The college basketball pre-season rankings are out, and what do we know about those listed? ESPN’s Mike Lopresti notes that the 25 teams ranked in the preseason polls hope these polls are a lot better at predicting the outcome than the ones used for the election. Here’s something else to know for each of the 25 in the Associated Press rankings: No. 1 Gonzaga – The Zags lost four double-figure scorers and still are preseason No. 1. In Spokane, they don t rebuild, they just rewind the tape, and everyone knows it … No.2 Baylor – The Bears have never, ever been in the top-10 in a pre-season poll before … No. 3 Villanova – With four starters back, are picked to win the Big East with six regular season titles in seven years. In those seven seasons, the Wildcats have lost only 23 league games … To read a review on each of the Top 25 preseason ranked teams click here.
When Minnesota defeated Chicago Monday night it snapped a 0-9 career losing streak for Vikings QB Kirk Cousins on Monday Night Football, the longest streak by any starter in NFL history. It was also Cousins first win against the Bears as a member of the Vikings. He was 0-4 in his previous starts against Chicago. Now if he can just find a way to beat winning teams (13-27-2 SU) on a consistent basis the Vikes might stand a chance in this year’s playoffs.
Grinding Out The Profits
From this week’s PLAYBOOK Football Newsletter: Eastern Michigan is 2-18 SU in its series against Toledo. That ties into the fact the Eagles are Eagles 6-30 ATS in straight up losses as a home dog, including 2-24 ATS when coming off a loss. Holy Toledo!